Guo and Bender


Dr. Baorong Guo and Dr. Annah Bender receive research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

November 22, 2021 | Posted by Daphne Rivers

Dr. Baorong Guo and Dr. Annah Bender have received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their research project, "Improving SNAP access through EITC free tax service for low-income working families with young children."

This two-year project will test a policy innovation aimed at increasing the participation of EITC-eligible families with children ages 0-8 in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Previous research has shown that many families who receive the EITC tax credit are eligible for SNAP, but for various reasons do not take advantage of this program.

With the help of community partner Gateway EITC Community Coalition, Guo and Bender will collect data at several locations in the area where free tax preparation assistance is provided. They hope to recruit 500 families to participate in a survey about their household food security and financial needs. Families who are eligible and wish to enroll in SNAP will be able to do so with the aid of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. If you or someone you know may be eligible and are interested in participating, please contact the program’s project manager, Paula Miller, at (314) 516-7214.


Social Work on the Move



Dr. Erica Koegler presents a poster and a talk at the Council of Social Work Education's 2021 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL

November 12, 2021 | Posted by Daphne Rivers

Dr. Koegler is the School of Social Work's foremost expert on human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Her research is global and examines human trafficking in the American Midwest and in South Africa. In her talk, she discussed the impact of COVID-19 ON high-risk persons in South Africa and the outcomes of the University of Missouri - St. Louis's programs to prevent and monitor instances of sexual assault. Dr. Koegler has been published in numerous academic and peer-reviewed journals and is a regular guest lecturer on the subject matter.



The Unversity of Missouri - St. Louis honors the service & contributions of Social Work Staff

October 29, 2021 | Posted by Daphne Rivers

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) issued service awards to Shanta Kyles, program support coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work Program (BSW), and Tivoli Majors, former office manager for the School of Social Work. Shanta was recognized for her 30 years of service at UMSL and Tivoli was also acknowledged for her five years of service.





The UMSL School of Social Work receives grant funding for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals 

August 9, 2021 | Posted by Daphne Rivers

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) School of Social Work, in partnership with the University of Missouri (MU) School of Social Work, received the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant for the third time. The grant is from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over the next four years, the school will use the grant to continue advancing and expanding the behavioral health workforce by preparing students in master's level social work and clinical mental health counseling for professional clinical practice in integrated behavioral health and collaborative team settings. Through the BHWET program, the UMSL School of Social Work is able to offer comprehensive training and professional development opportunities.




The UMSL School of Social Work receives research funding from the LUME Institute

April 6, 2021 | Posted by Daphne Rivers

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) School of Social Work, in partnership with the College of Education, received a research sub-award from the LUME Institute as part of a project funded by the Missouri Foundation for health to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the LUME Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Model. The University of Missouri-St. Louis will serve as the research partner with Dr. Sharon Johnson, School of Social Work, and Dr. Cody Ding, College of Education serving as the primary study investigators.


Recent Publications

Pickard, J.G., Van den Berk-Clark, C. & Matthieu, M.M., (2021). Age and medication-assisted treatment among veterans seeking treatment for opioid use disorder at non-veterans health administration facilities. Military Medicine. 

Van den Berk-Clark, C., Pickard, J.G., & Drallmeier, T. (2021). The role of age and opioid agonist treatment on substance use treatment completion in the United States. Aging and Mental Health. 

McDermott, C., Stafford, J.D. & Johnson, S.D. Racial Equity as a Human Rights Issue: Field Agency Practices and Field Instructors’ Knowledge and AttitudesJ. Hum. Rights Soc. Work (2021).

Annah K. Bender and Janet L. Lauritsen2021.Violent Victimization Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations in the United States: Findings From the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2017–2018.American Journal of Public Health 111, no. 2 (February 1, 2021): pp. 318-326.

Bender, A.K., Bucholz, K.K., Edenberg, H.J., Kramer, J.R., Anokhin, A.P., Meyers, J.L., Kuperman, S., Hesselbrock, V., & McCutcheon, V.V. (2020). Trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder among youth in a high-risk family study: Associations with maternal and paternal alcohol use disorder. Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody & Child Development.

Huang, J. & Guo, B. (2020). The financial capability and financial well-being of low-income entrepreneurs (CSD Research Brief No. 20-01). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Koegler, E., Howland, W., Gibbons, M.T., & Stoklosa, H. (2020). “When Her Visa Expired, the Family Refused to Renew It,” Intersections of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Qualitative Document Analysis of Case Examples from a Major Midwest City. Journal of Interpersnal Violence.

Koegler, E., Preble, K. & Tlapek, S. (2020). Identifying service needs and service gaps for sexually exploited/trafficked persons in Missouri. Journal of Social Work.

Sichling, F. (2020). Mutato sub Pressura’: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Remaking of German Youth Policy. Journal of Social Policy.

Sichling, F. & Karamehic-Muratovic, A. (2020). ‘Makin’ it’ in the Heartland: Exploring Perceptions of Success among Second-generation Immigrant Youth in St. Louis. Journal of Adolescence, 82, 11-18.

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